Heirs and Graces
(A Royal Spyness Mystery)
7th in Series
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 6, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 611 KB
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 8 hours and 22 minutes
As thirty-fifth in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It’s forks on the left, knives on the right—not in His Majesty’s back…
Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn’t landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham—the Duke’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society.
The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England’s most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward.
And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack’s hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke’s back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn’t enough of a handful, now he’s suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I’d bet the crown jewels it wasn’t he who killed the Duke…
About This Author
Rhys Bowen’s books have been nominated for every major mystery award and she has won thirteen of them to date. She currently writes two historical mystery series, each very different in tone. The Molly Murphy Mysteries feature an Irish immigrant woman in turn-of-the-century New York City. These books are multi-layered, complex stories with a strong sense of time and place and have won many awards including Agatha and Anthony. There are 10 book so far in this series plus the free Kindle story, The Amersham Rubies–a great way to introduce new readers to Molly’s spunky personality.
Then there is Lady Georgie, Rhys’s latest,and very popular, heroine. She’s 34th in line to the throne of England, but she’s flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression. These books are lighter and funnier than Molly’s adventures. They poke gentle fun at the British class system–about which Rhys knonws a lot, having married into an upper class family rather like Georgie’s, with cousins with silly nicknames,family ghosts and stately homes. The fifth book, Naughty in Nice, is in paperback, and on November 6 the big Christmas book, the Twelve Clues of Christmas, will be in stores in time for the 2012 holidays. The series received the Readers Choice Award for favorite mystery series and Rhys was nominated for career achievement.
Rhys was born in Bath, England and spent a lot of time growing up in Wales with her Welsh relatives. Those childhood experiences colored her first mystery series, about Constable Evans in the mountains of Snowdonia. 10 books including the Edgar nominee Evan’s Gate. She has lived in Austria, Germany and Australia, but has called California her home for many years. She now escapes to a condo in Arizona during those cold California winters. When she’s not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, paint and play the Celtic harp.
Find out more on her webpage here.
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